Bees + Flowers + Things

Bees + Flowers + Things

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by Incognito
     
 

The U.K. soul collective Incognito's acid jazzy roots predate the format that became smooth jazz by a few years, so it's not exactly appropriate to call Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and company's retro pop-soul-jazz vibe "smooth jazz." Nonetheless, on this typically dreamy, cool vibin' and supersensualSee more details below

Overview

The U.K. soul collective Incognito's acid jazzy roots predate the format that became smooth jazz by a few years, so it's not exactly appropriate to call Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick and company's retro pop-soul-jazz vibe "smooth jazz." Nonetheless, on this typically dreamy, cool vibin' and supersensual release, they picked up on the ubiquitous genre trend of 2006 -- doing lots of cover versions. At least they take a unique approach to them, as the seductive, guy-girl trade-off vocals and sweet, horn-spiced ornamentation on "Summer in the City" comes after a whole minute of moody, mysterious film score type music. Their take on America's "Tin Man" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's the Way of the World" (which reaches dreamily towards nine minutes) are pretty by the book but more soulful (naturally) than the original and ultimately pretty irresistible. And at least they also dare to cover less obvious tunes like Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine," which gets things off to a mellow but optimistic note. Incognito also dares to try a unique approach to the whole cover phenomenon, doing sparsely arranged takes on four of their own classics -- "Always There," "Still a Friend of Mine," "Everyday" and "Deep Waters." This stripped down approach allows his vocalists, which include Carleen Anderson, Jocelyn Brown, Maysa, Joy Rose, Imani and Tony Momrelle the center stage they so richly deserve. With this ensemble, the deep soul vibe is everything, so whether they're doing old pop songs, remakes of their own tunes, or originals, we're still dancing in the laid-back late summer sunshine.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2006
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0094637017920
catalogNumber:
70179

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Incognito   Primary Artist
Adrian Smith   Viola
Jocelyn Brown   Vocals
Maysa   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carleen Anderson   Vocals
Sarah Brown   Vocals
Matt Cooper   Drums,fender rhodes,Piano (Grand)
Sid Gauld   Flugelhorn
Sid Gould   Flugelhorn,Voices
John Metcalfe   Viola
Tony Remy   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Andy Ross   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Voices
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Simon Hale   Conductor
Everton Nelson   Violin
Alison Dodds   Violin
Tony Momrelle   Vocals
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Celeste,Hammond Organ,Piano (Grand)
Dominic Glover   Flugelhorn
Joy Rose   Vocals
Chris Worsey   Cello
Francis Hylton   Bass
Tyrone Henry   Vocals
Richard George   Violin
Luke Parkhouse   Drums
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Darragh Morgan   Violin
Celine Saout   Harp
Trevor Mires   Trombone,Euphonium,Voices
Millenia Ensemble   Track Performer
Imaani   Vocals
Cath Haggo   Violin
Ski Oakenfull   Piano (Grand),Hammond B3
Karl Vandenbosche   Percussion
Bluey   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Matt Cooper   fender rhodes,Piano (Grand)
Richard Bailey   Drums

Technical Credits

John Sebastian   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Roy Ayers   Composer
Ronnie Laws   Composer
Steve Boone   Composer
Richard Bull   Composer
Dewey Bunnell   Composer
Matt Cooper   Composer,Re-arranged
Simon Cotsworth   Producer,Engineer
Peter Hinds   Composer
William Jeffrey   Composer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tony Remy   Re-arranged
Charles Stepney   Composer
Verdine White   Composer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements,Re-arranged
Niall Acott   Engineer
Stuart Hawkes   Mastering
Mark Sebastian   Composer
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Composer
Dominic Glover   Horn Arrangements
Tinku Bhattacharyya   Management
Ada Louise Huxtable   Author

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